We are thrilled to welcome new members!

Whether you live in the Wood River Valley year-round or part-time, or are just visiting, please come join us!
 
Our foundation hosts numerous events throughout the year, connecting members through social, educational, and grant-focused gatherings. Members enjoy the many opportunities to create lasting friendships and to increase their knowledge of philanthropy.
 
Volunteer for one of our many committees, learn more about the Wood River Valley community, and amplify the power of one through the dedication of many by giving collectively.

Our Committees

There are a variety of ways to get involved with WRWF. If you see something that leverages your skills, inspires you to contribute your time, or sparks your desire to learn, please reach out to the committee chair.

Communications

This team meets monthly to ensure all WRWF communications are consistent across platforms and help elevate and emphasize our mission and messages.

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Sub-committees include Marketing/PR, our electronic News Brief, Website and Social Media. If you have experience or interest in writing, editing, press relations, photography, web-based information management or social media engagement, we’d love to have you join us.

Please email us with your questions and/or inspiration!

Contacts:

Communications Chair: Sandy McCullough, sandymccullough00@gmail.com

Marketing/PR: Joanne Wetherell, svjoanne@gmail.com

News Brief: Louisa Moats, Louisa.moats@gmail.com

Social Media: Carrie Morrow, cmorrow1314@gmail.com

Website: Lynne MacKenzie, admac46@hotmail.com

Education

Our Education team organizes and presents educational opportunities for our members. The focus is on philanthropic development to enable informed, effective giving.

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The primary event is our Winter Education Forum, which usually takes place in January or February. Additional, events are held as opportunities arise and a new, community needs-focused informational forum has recently been launched.

Contact: Chair, Louisa Moats, louisa.moats@gmail.com

Events

In addition to our Winter Education Forum noted under Education, our second signature event each year is our August annual meeting/grants awards presentation.

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The Events team does the important behind-the-scenes work to produce this event as well as a holiday gathering in December. Committee members also assist the Membership and Education teams with their mixers and forums.

Contact: Chair, Penny Weiss, penny.weiss@me.com

Finance

Our Finance team provides oversight for the Foundation’s financial management, including investments and all financial controls.

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The committee oversees the relationship with our internal accounting and outside financial personnel. Those interested in serving on this committee should have previous experience on a non-profit board finance committee.

Contact: Chair, Carol Jensen, caroljensen@laurelhurstfinancial.com

Governance

The WRWF has been operating as a qualified tax-exempt 501(c)3 since 2016 and since then our governance work has expanded and become more complex, particularly with the launch of our endowment in 2017.

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Currently, the Governance Committee is fully staffed. However, please reach out to our committee chair if you have relevant skills or experience with governance, or if you have questions about a WRWF governance matter.

Contact: Chair, Gail Landis, gail.landis@gmail.com

Grants

Grants Committee members review and evaluate our grant applications, conduct research, make site visits, prepare reports, and determine our slate of grant finalists to be voted upon by the entire membership.

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Because much of the work is done in January and February, volunteers for this committee must commit to being in town during this period.

Contacts: Co-Chairs, Gina Wolcott, wolcottgina@gmail.com; Patti Zebrowski, pez5@mac.com; Julie Brewer, julienb@cruzio.com.

Membership

The Membership Committee onboards new WRWF members and shares information to better acquaint our members with the mission and goals of WRWF.

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The team organizes a series of gatherings throughout the year to introduce new members to established members, and to build and enjoy philanthropic camaraderie. Non-profit grantees frequently attend to speak about their work and how our grants are making an impact.

Contact: Co-Chairs, Terri LeFaivre, svterri@gmail.com; Kathleen Eder, kjeder56@gmail.com